The final of the ASB Classic in Auckland will feature two Russians and two Elenas. It will be the 17th all-Russian singles final in Tour history. Elena Dementieva played eight of the previous 16, while Elena Vesnina appears in a singles final for the first time.
Top-seeded Dementieva advanced to the title match defeating last year’s runner-up Aravane Rezai 6-2 6-2 in just over an hour. The other semifinal was a much tighter contest as unseeded players Vesnina and Anne Keothavong went toe-to-toe for just under three hours. Vesnina eventually won 67(3) 61 75.
The Auckland final will be only the second career meeting of Dementieva and Vesnina. Their first encounter was in 2006 and Dementieva won it 61 46 64. (source: Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, photos: vesnina-elena.com, Tennis Channel)